Compiled by Amanda Kimble
From nighttime races where runners light up the streets or work to outrace brain-starved zombies to benefit runs aimed at raising money to support victims of child abuse and domestic violence, there’s a wide array of events for fitness-minded community members ready to hit the streets this spring.
Whether you’re an avid runner with the stamina to take on 10K course or a lover of the outdoors between the ages of 8 and 80 looking for a new backdrop for your morning – or evening – walk, lace up your shoes and give any of these area events a shot.
The Flash will continue to update this list with similar events set to take place in Erath, Hood, Comanche and Hamilton and surrounding counties through the end of the year.
Saturday, September 3
Dove Run welcome hunting season
The Hamilton area welcomes dove season with a yearly lineup events, including the Dove Run 5K and Bulldog 1M Fun Run set for opening weekend, on Saturday, September 3.
The race begins at 7:30 a.m. the Hamilton Wellness Center, located at 400 North Brown Street.
There is a $30 entry fee for the 5K. The race will be a timed event, with medals for the top three male and female finishers and cash awards to the fastest man and woman.
Children age 3 through 5th grade can participate in the 1-mile run/walk for just $5 if they register by noon on August 26. Bulldog 1M participants who take advantage of the early registration fee will receive a t-shirt and participation ribbon. Medals will also be awarded to the top 10 participants.
Find complete details, including run routes, age divisions and a link to online registration, on the Hamilton Healthcare System website.
Saturday, September 17
Gold Buckle 5K
The annual Cowboy Capital PRCA Rodeo is a lot more than broncs, bulls and barrel racers. This year more than week-long series of events kicks off with the Gold Buckle 5K and “Where’s My Horse” 1K Fun Run.
The races start and finish at Stephenville City Park. Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the racers get moving at 7:30.
Breakfast will be served 9:30 – 11 a.m., followed by Rodeo Heritage Week activities at 1 p.m. and much more.
The entry fee is $25 for 5K participants through September 1 and $30 thereafter. Fun Run fees are $15 through September 1 and increase to $20. Proceeds benefit the Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo Association, the scholarships it awards annually and sponsored charities.
Awards will be presented to top overall male and female and the top three in each age group. Fun Run awards will be presented to the best western dressed runner, cutest little cowpoke and the runner most likely to get bucked off.
You can register and find more information online.
Saturday, September 24
Go Tribal Trot 5K
The Comanche County Area Go Texas Tribal Trot 5K races through historic downtown Comanche, beginning at the county courthouse, Saturday, Sept 3 to raise funds for local scholarships. The race proceeds annual Comanche County Pow Wow festivities.
Participants are invited to run, walk or dance their way to the finish line for the family-friendly race for all ages and fitness levels.
Participants must register by September 16 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Early registration fees are $25 for adults and $20 for races who are 17 years old and younger. An additional $5 will be charged to participants who register on race day.
Check in begins at 6:45 a.m. and the race begins at 8.
Awards will be given to top male and female racer in each age division.
Riley Run 5K
The tight-knit community of Tolar invites runner and walkers of all ages to step out to honor the memory of Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens who served in the United States Army for two decades and died defending the country on Sept. 28, 2012.
The event raises money for scholarships that are awarded to Tolar students in an effort to keep Stephen’s legacy alive.
The race begins at Tolar High School, located at 301 Rock Church Highway. The fun run, a one-mile course, begins at 4:30 p.m. and takes participants around the baseball fields. The 5K – 3.1-mile race – begins at 5 p.m. and takes runners through Stephen’s hometown of Tolar. Packet pick up and race day registration begins at 3:30 p.m.
Entrants will be charged a fee of $30 for the 5K and must sign up by September 19 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. The entry fee for the fun run is $20 and includes a shirt and goodie bag,
Register online or mail checks payable to SFC Riley G. Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 672, Tolar, TX 76476.
Follow the event on Facebook for the latest details.
Saturday, October 1
Color Chaos 5K
The Color Chaos 5K color run, walk or crawl is a Stephenville event for participants of all ages and fitness levels.
The event, which benefits Stephenville Education Foundation, starts and finishes the small pavilion at Stephenville City Park.
Entry fee for participants is $35 for the 5K and $25 for the one-mile fun run. Entries must be received by September 16 to be guaranteed a t-shirt and bag of color.
All runners will be color blasted and additional bags of color will be available for purchase.
Proceeds help fund innovative teaching grants to enhance learning for Stephenville ISD studetns.
Sign up online on the Raceday Event Services website.
Old Rip 5 K
The Old Rip 5K and Fun Run is held in conjunction with RipFest, an annual event along the downtown square in Eastland. The 36th annual festival includes vendor booths opening at 9 a.m., the RipFest Parade starting at 10 a.m. and live entertainment, games, a car show will take place throughout the day.
But the fun gets started with the races, which take off from Siebert Elementary School, located at 100 Little Maverick Trail in Eastland.
The fee for early 5K registration, prior to race day, is $20 the fee goes up to $25 on October 1.
One-mile participants will pay a $10 fee, and al pre-paid entrants will receive an event t-shirt.
Unique horned frog prizes will be awarded to winners in each 5K age group and special awards will be given to the school and business with the largest team. The deadline for team registration is Friday, Sept. 23.
You can register at the Eastland Chamber of Commerce, or by mailing a form to the Bradley Wellness Center, located at 304 South Daughtery Street, Eastland, TX 76448. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Eastland Chamber of Commerce.
Call 254-629-2332 for more information.
Saturday, October 8
MWCC Mud Run
The Wilks Ranch hosts a full day of fun benefiting the Myrtle Wilks Community Center in Cisco with a full day of fun and mud beginning at 9 a.m. on October 8.
The Wilks Ranch is located on Eastland County Road 168 in Cisco.
The MWCC us a 5K mud run/walk with about 15 obstacles through mud and rough terrain. The event also features a children’s course that is approximately one mile.
There is a $25 entry fee per person and the first 100 people who pre-register will receive a free t-shirt.
The Flash will continue to update this list as more races approach, until then visit the Race Day Event Services website for other upcoming events.
Saturday, October 29
Spooktacular 5K, 10K and Half Marathon
Stephenville Lions host their fourth annual Spooktacular 5K, 10K and Halloween Half Marathon at October 29 at Lem Brock Field.
Proceeds from the event support various causes, including local youth groups and Texas Lions Camp.
All entrants will receive t-shirts and all finishers will be awarded participation medals.
Awards will also be presented to the top male and female racers and the top runners in each age group.
The start/finish line, along with food, fun and festivities, will be headquartered at the Lem Brock Field parking lot.
The half marathon begins at 8 a.m., the 10K at 8:10, 5K at 8:20 and fun run at 8:30
For more information, including links to a downloadable entry form and links to online registration, visit the Stephenville Lions Club online. See the downloadable entry form for complete details on entry fees.